Downing Professor of the Laws of England

Downing Professor of the Laws of England
University of Cambridge
Sarah Worthington

since 2011
Formation 1800
Founder Sir George Downing
First holder Edward Christian

The Downing Professorship of the Laws of England is one of the senior professorships in law at the University of Cambridge.

The chair was founded in 1800 as a bequest of Sir George Downing, the founder of Downing College, Cambridge. The professorship was originally attached solely to Downing College (although the Professor undertook University activities). In the early 20th Century, for financial reasons, this professorship, together with the Downing Professor of Medicine, was severed from the College.

The original electors of the chair were the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Archbishop of York, and the masters of the colleges of Clare, St John's and Downing.

In 1788 Edward Christian, brother of Fletcher Christian, was appointed to the post prior to its official creation 12 years later. The current holder is Professor Sarah Worthington QC[1] who was elected to the position in 2011.

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  1. "News - Professor Sarah Worthington QC". Southsquare. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
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